Welcome to our "Meet the Team" series - where we sit down with the people behind Sport Tech Hub. This week is Milly Taylor, our new Accelerator & Operations Manager.
So Milly, tell us about yourself?
I’m a Londoner at heart (and by birth) and I now live in Elephant & Castle. After my music degree, I began my career working for a brilliant start up (Hi Ammba Digital!) before moving into the charity sector where I’ve been for the last five years after a brief stint at England Rugby. I cry at just about any moving sporting moment, and am excited to be back in the sector!
My professional background is in product and service development with a focus on grassroots and community initiatives, and income generation, most recently running the innovation team at Action for Children.
What is your role with Sport Tech Hub?
I lead the operations and delivery of Sport Tech Hub programmes, with a focus on our innovation programme. This involves engaging with and selecting start-ups into the programme and working with founders on their business plans to enable them to get their new venture up and running in the best way for them and their audience.
I support them throughout their time, and alongside delivering the best accelerator experience, I get to create and harness a real community of founders and mentors who are all here to reduce physical inactivity levels through the use of technology.
Why Sport Tech Hub?
I’ve had a brilliant time working in innovation in the charity sector over the last few years, but the sporting world is really where I belong. I volunteer at my local parkrun, was a trustee for a new charity supporting physical inactive Londoners and am forever encouraging friends and family into various sporting endeavours!
Living in the heart of London gives me a real sense of all the opportunities on offer, but also the barriers and behaviours that lead to physical inactivity. My background is in sport development and then innovation, so combined with my experience working for a start-up myself, and a true passion (which is overused – but couldn’t be more apt!) for helping everyone find their sporting ‘thing’, the Sport Tech Hub appeared as the perfect opportunity.
What do the next three months look like?
I’ll be spending the first couple of months getting to know all our current, past and future founders and getting up to speed with the sports tech world. We’ve recently welcomed some new ventures onto the programme, so I’ll be focusing on them, as well as bringing on new founders and exploring opportunities for partnerships.
10 years after my first degree, I’m excited to be going to study an MSc in Sport Business & Leadership and in October and lucky enough that Sport Tech Hub are able to create the space for me to do so whilst working, and I’ll be looking to grow our partnership with Loughborough University London whilst studying. This allows me to create and facilitate even more connections for our founders in the sport tech and tech for good world!
What’s your favourite sports/physical activity to do?
When not working in, watching or talking about sport, I’m a triathlete, and have recently graduated from recreational to coached ‘athlete’ so I’m enjoying progressing in that space. My ultimate goal is to be on the Ironman start line in Hawaii at sunrise – a big challenge but aim high!